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Stadium rebuild behind schedule

Stand delays forces Hearts switch to Murrayfield

Murrayfield: temporary home (photo by Terry Murden)

Hearts will play at least three home games at Murrayfield because of delays to the construction of the new main stand at Tynecastle.

Matches against Aberdeen on 9 September, St Johnstone on 21 October and Rangers on 28 October will be played at the home of Scottish Rugby.

The home match against Partick Thistle on 23 September has been switched to Firhill.

The £12 million redevelopment of the Gorgie stadium is behind schedule and is now likely to be completed in November.

The club had hoped it would be ready next month but had made contingency plans in April for a temporary switch to Murrayfield.

Ann Budge
Ann Budge: disappointing

Owner Ann Budge said in a statement: “The bulk of the structure is now in place and the roof is scheduled to be fitted by the end of next week. The curtain walling is already looking fantastic and is currently on target to be completed by the middle of August.

“The internal walls are being constructed and the fit-out has started and is running ahead of schedule in many areas, although there is a large amount of work involved here.

“Pitch-side too, the demolition work and ground works were completed on schedule and our steel work is well underway. In short, the construction teams have been working tirelessly to deliver our superb new stand.

“Unfortunately, however, there are some things we cannot control and as such, despite the mammoth effort that has gone into the construction project up until now, we are not going to make our targeted “open for business” date of 9th September 2017.

“The wettest June/July in years, coupled with the late delivery of seating from the Far East, due to shipping issues, means we will have to invoke our contingency plan and play our first few home fixtures at BT Murrayfield.

“While this is disappointing, the cooperation of the management and staff at the SRU means we can accommodate all, indeed even more, of our supporters in fine style at the national rugby stadium.”

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